D'Ernest Johnson

D'Ernest Johnson

25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Cleveland Browns
2021 Fantasy Outlook
By the end of the 2020 season, Johnson carved out a niche role as Cleveland's primary kick and punt returner. He appeared in all 16 games for the second straight season, and there's something to be said for being healthy and reliable. The third-year back had one big game against Dallas in Week 4 when Nick Chubb wasn't available, but his role on offense was limited once Chubb and Kareem Hunt were both healthy. The Browns drafted running back Demetric Felton, who duplicates Johnson's skills, so there may be room on the roster for just one of the two. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a three-year, $1.76 million contract with the Browns in May of 2019.
No touches in loss
RBCleveland Browns
November 29, 2021
Johnson played six offensive snaps and did not receive a touch or target in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Ravens.
ANALYSIS
This was the first game in five weeks in which the Browns had both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (leg) available, which put a limit on Johnson's playing time. Hunt injured his leg late and was removed from the game, which could impact Johnson's role going forward; however, Cleveland is on its bye Week 13. The next game is Week 14, a return matchup at home against the Ravens.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do D'Ernest Johnson's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
23.0%
 
Positive Run %
86.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.3
 
Rushing TD %
3.3%
 
Touches Per Game
6.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
4.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.6%
 
Drop Rate
14.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.3
 
% Targeted On Route
0.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.02
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
Snap %
Cleveland BrownsBrowns 2021 RB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

29624%
6624%
21017%
228%
17814%
2810%
806%
124%
30%
00%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Ravens pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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vs Ravens
Sunday, Dec 12th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
83.4
 
Cornerbacks
77.3
 
Safeties
90.1
 
Linebackers
99.3
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Johnson moved from the Alliance of Amercian Football (AAF) to the NFL prior to the 2019 season and stuck around with the Browns for the full season, appearing in all 16 games. The 23-year-old running back had some early contributions while Dontrell Hilliard (concussion) and Kareem Hunt (suspension) were unavailable, but he was mainly a special-teamer. With Hunt and Nick Chubb in place, the all-purpose Johnson, who is under team control for another two seasons, is expected to compete for the third running back job with Hilliard and could be the primary punt returner in 2020.
With Kareem Hunt serving an eight-game suspension and Duke Johnson having been traded to the Texans, Johnson faces the opportunity to carve out a reserve role behind Nick Chubb. Dontrell Hilliard appears to be ahead on the depth chart, but Johnson could see notable snaps in a high-powered Browns offense if Chubb were to miss any time.
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Limited to five carries
RBCleveland Browns
November 21, 2021
Johnson recorded five carries for 26 yards in Sunday's 13-10 win over Detroit.
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Likely to take back seat to Chubb
RBCleveland Browns
November 19, 2021
Johnson is expected to move into the No. 2 role out of the Cleveland backfield Sunday against the Lions after Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed that Nick Chubb (illness) is good to go after practicing Friday in his return from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
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Plays well in spot start
RBCleveland Browns
November 14, 2021
Johnson ran for 99 yards on 19 carries while catching seven passes for 58 yards on eight targets against New England on Sunday.
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In line for leading role Sunday
RBCleveland Browns
November 12, 2021
Johnson is expected to be the Browns' No. 1 running back Sunday at New England with Nick Chubb (illness), Demetric Felton (illness) and John Kelly (illness) all on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Could get another start
RBCleveland Browns
November 10, 2021
Johnson will make another start in the event teammate Nick Chubb (illness) isn't reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list before Sunday's game in New England, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
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